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Win: Cameron Falcon (2-0) 4.030012
Loss: DJ Hearsey (1-2) 7.241115
Kevin Rufus (NEW) 613010
Dodson McPherson (WU) 622000
Brian Yeung (WU) 512411
Jacob Karr (WU) 502100
Cody Shelton (WU) 512000
Sixth-seed Newberry falls to second-seed Wingate in 12-inning thriller
Evan Darr had three RBIs in the extra-inning game

Sixth-seed Newberry falls to second-seed Wingate in 12-inning thriller
Friday, April 22, 2011

FOREST CITY, N.C. - The sixth-seeded Newberry College Wolves fought back to tie the game while down to their final out of regulation, but second-seeded Wingate's Jacob Karr hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning to send the Bulldogs to the championship series of the 2011 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament at McNair Field.

Newberry (24-26) moves to the consolation bracket final against the winner of the upcoming Catawba/Lincoln Memorial game. Game time will be late Saturday night.

In a game where the start was delayed by an hour and 45 minutes, the Wolves and Bulldogs played for three hours and 41 minutes before deciding a winner.

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Head coach Russell Triplett talks with WKDK's Jimmie Coggins following the extra-inning thriller

The Wolves got off to a hot start, as Kevin Rufus (Andrews, S.C.) led the game off with a double to right field. Andy Vogel (Marietta, Ga.) drove in a run with a single up the middle after Sanchez Gartman (Newberry, S.C.) drew a walk and Evan Darr (North Augusta, S.C.) drove in two runs with his single to make it a 3-0 lead after just half an inning.

However, Wingate's Brian Yeung evened the game up in the bottom of the frame with a three-run homer over the tall wall in left field.

Newberry regained the lead in the top of the second on an RBI sacrifice bunt by John Fogarile (New York, N.Y.). The Bulldogs took the lead in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI sacrifice bunt by James Tedder and a two-run single by Cale Rogers to make it a 6-4 game. Yeung's RBI double in the fifth pushed the lead to 7-4.

The Wolves scratched across a run without a hit in the sixth inning, as Terrence Gray (Newberry, S.C.) walked, stole third, advanced to third on an error and scored on a balk after the Wingate pitcher moved early as Newberry tried to execute a first-and-third play.

After a scoreless seventh and eighth inning, the Wolves' bats woke up to send the game into an extra friend. Love and Gartman led off the inning with back-to-back singles and runners were on second and third after a Vogel sacrifice bunt. Rohena narrowed the margin to 7-6 with a sacrifice fly and Darr's RBI single just out of the reach of the WU shortstop with two outs tied the game.

Newberry starter Alex Brown (Columbia, S.C.) went 4.0 innings allowing seven runs, but reliever D.J. Hearsey (Oviedo, Fla.; 1-2) was spectacular over the next seven innings, as he only allowed two Wingate baserunners in regulation and didn't concede a hit until the 11th inning.

Both Newberry and Wingate ended the 11th inning with runners on first and second, but Wingate's singles in the 12th pushed across the winning run. Chris Vazquez led off the inning with a single up the middle. After two straight outs, Casey Allison was hit by a pitch to move the runner to scoring position and Karr's single off of the tall wall in left field gave the Bulldogs the win.

Rufus went 3-for-6 and Love, Gartman, Vogel, Rohena and Darr each had two hits, with Darr driving in three runs.

Wingate 8, Newberry 7
(Apr 22, 2011 at Forest City, N.C.)
Newberry............ 310 001 002 000 - 7 14 2 (24-26)
Wingate............. 300 310 000 001 - 8 11 2 (33-20)
Pitchers: Newberry - Evan Brown; DJ Hearsey(5) and Chas Goodwin. Wingate - Ben Currie; Drew Boyer(6); Steven Vaughan(8); Cameron Falcon(9) and Tyler Honeycutt.
Win-Cameron Falcon(2-0) Loss-DJ Hearsey(1-2) T-3:41 A-187
HR WU - Brian Yeung (16).
Weather: Cloudy, 52, wind 5 to right